Definition of Hang

Pronunciation: hăng
v. t.1.To suspend; to fasten to some elevated point without support from below; - often used with up or out; as, to hang a coat on a hook; to hang up a sign; to hang out a banner.
[imp. & p. p. Hanged (hăngd) or Hung (hŭng); p. pr. & vb. n. Hanging. The use of hanged is preferable to that of hung, when reference is had to death or execution by suspension, and it is also more common.]
2.To fasten in a manner which will allow of free motion upon the point or points of suspension; - said of a pendulum, a swing, a door, gate, etc.
3.To fit properly, as at a proper angle (a part of an implement that is swung in using), as a scythe to its snath, or an ax to its helve.
4.To put to death by suspending by the neck; - a form of capital punishment; as, to hang a murderer.
5.To cover, decorate, or furnish by hanging pictures, trophies, drapery, and the like, or by covering with paper hangings; - said of a wall, a room, etc.
Hung be the heavens with black.
- Shak.
And hung thy holy roofs with savage spoils.
- Dryden.
6.To paste, as paper hangings, on the walls of a room.
7.To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect; to droop; as, he hung his head in shame.
Cowslips wan that hang the pensive head.
- Milton.
8.To prevent from reaching a decision, esp. by refusing to join in a verdict that must be unanimous; as, one obstinate juror can hang a jury.
To hang down
to let fall below the proper position; to bend down; to decline; as, to hang down the head, or, elliptically, to hang the head.
To hang fire
(Mil.) to be slow in communicating fire through the vent to the charge; as, the gun hangs fire; hence, to hesitate, to hold back as if in suspense.
v. i.1.To be suspended or fastened to some elevated point without support from below; to dangle; to float; to rest; to remain; to stay.
2.To be fastened in such a manner as to allow of free motion on the point or points of suspension.
3.To die or be put to death by suspension from the neck.
4.To hold for support; to depend; to cling; - usually with on or upon; as, this question hangs on a single point.
5.To be, or be like, a suspended weight.
Life hangs upon me, and becomes a burden.
- Addison.
6.To hover; to impend; to appear threateningly; - usually with over; as, evils hang over the country.
7.To lean or incline; to incline downward.
To decide which way hung the victory.
- Milton.
His neck obliquely o'er his shoulder hung.
- Pope.
8.To slope down; as, hanging grounds.
9.To be undetermined or uncertain; to be in suspense; to linger; to be delayed.
A noble stroke he lifted high,
Which hung not, but so swift with tempest fell
On the proud crest of Satan.
- Milton.
10.(Cricket, Tennis, etc.) Of a ball: To rebound unexpectedly or unusually slowly, due to backward spin on the ball or imperfections of ground.
11.(Baseball) to fail to curve, break, or drop as intended; - said of pitches, such as curve balls or sliders.
12.(Computers) to cease to operate normally and remain suspended in some state without performing useful work; - said of computer programs, computers, or individual processes within a program; as, when using Windows 3.1, my system would hang and need rebooting several times a day.
To hang around
to loiter idly about.
To hang back
to hesitate; to falter; to be reluctant.
To hang by the eyelids
a - To hang by a very slight hold or tenure.
- Jowett (Thucyd.).
b - To be in an unfinished condition; to be left incomplete.
To hang in doubt
to be in suspense.
To hang on
with the emphasis on the preposition), to keep hold; to hold fast; to stick; to be persistent, as a disease.
To hang on the lips
to be charmed by eloquence.
To hang out
a - To be hung out so as to be displayed; to project.
b - To be unyielding; as, the juryman hangs out against an agreement; to hold out.
c - to loiter or lounge around a particular place; as, teenageers tend to hang out at the mall these days.
To hang over
a - To project at the top.
b - To impend over.
To hang to
to cling.
To hang together
a - To remain united; to stand by one another.
b - To be self-consistent; as, the story does not hang together.
- Dryden.
To hang upon
a - To regard with passionate affection.
b - (Mil.) To hover around; as, to hang upon the flanks of a retreating enemy.
n.1.The manner in which one part or thing hangs upon, or is connected with, another; as, the hang of a scythe.
2.Connection; arrangement; plan; as, the hang of a discourse.
3.A sharp or steep declivity or slope.
To get the hang of
to learn the method or arrangement of; hence, to become accustomed to.

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